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A quick question ... Will Discount Tire, Belle Tire, or any other car tire retailer mount a purchase onto our Goldwing rim?
If not then I will find an online wholesaler and try to locate a bike shop in the Toledo, Ohio area. I checked the one darkside link for tire installers, but none are listed in my area (or all of Ohio for that matter).

Also are any of you using Dynabeads or Centramatic balancers? If so what kind of results are you having?

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I had to tie the inner wheel well back because the tire was rubbing at the top left side as you stood behind the bike...due to the square profile of the tire. The inner wheel well is rounded. Yours may not, like Gene's. The 195 should not need the extra room.

Most tire retailers will not mount a CT to a bike rim. Either learn to do it yourself, or find an independent bike shop that will do it for you. Most dealers won't either. There are guys out there with Dynabeads and Centramatics, but I'm not one of them, so I can't offer info there.

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I am running a Dunlop run flat CT--195-- with no clearance problems. I have settled upon about 33 psi to give me the best compromise between ride and handling. I drove it for about a month with no balancing at all(had it mounted at a local tire shop), it rode very smooth. Then, I added 2 oz of dyna beads--perhaps not enough for a CT and immediately noticed a slight tremor at HW speeds. But that tremor has since gone away and the bike is now very smooth. Dyna bead does not recommend use on low profile tires without dynamic balancing as well. Something about lateral imbalance.

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I run the Falken 912 195 55r 16 and I love the tyre. I live outside of Las Vegas Nv.so I deal with a lot of heat. And I have had no problems at all.We have to deal with wet roads and snow between my town and Vegas to comute to work. No complaints on the handeling in any of the road conditions. I also pull a trailer and have not had any issues with that either. I am also running Dyna beads 2 oz in the rear and I like them very much. To install just pop the bead and then let air out of tyre push up into place and re inflate. I have around 10,000 miles on it and still looks brand new. Its not a run flat but you have to remember that the tyre is designed for a car and the side wall is going to stiff enough to let you get off the road with out any problems. If you hit something hard enough to rip the side wall out of your tyre, or a hole big enough to let the air out very quickly then you are going to have more to worry about than the tyre being a run flat.I suggest running a Doran tyre monitor like I do and that will let you know as soon as the tyre starts to loose any pressure. I run a lot of highway in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Texas, at speeds of 85 to 95 mph,with trailer in tow. So I want to know how my tyre's are doing at all times. Hope this may help you
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The Michelin pilot sport A/S plus as mentioned above is probably the best tire ever. The drawback is it is also the largest 205 and is hard to get in the wheel well. I have convinced 5 or 6 at least to use it and as far as I know all were pleased to say the least. I have strayed from my teachings and tried something different. A BFGoodrich G force super spot A/S 205/55 16 and so far it is also a great tire but probably wont live as long as the Michie. It is slightly smaller and goes in easily.

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I have strayed from my teachings and tried something different. A BFGoodrich G force super spot A/S 205/55 16 and so far it is also a great tire but probably wont live as long as the Michie. It is slightly smaller and goes in easily.
What prompted the switch Dave?

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I have strayed from my teachings and tried something different. A BFGoodrich G force super spot A/S 205/55 16 and so far it is also a great tire but probably wont live as long as the Michie. It is slightly smaller and goes in easily.
What prompted the switch Dave?
My economy was really bad a t the time and the BFG was about $30 cheaper than the Michelin.

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Can't argue with that.

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If I had received your postings a day earlier I would have ordered the Michelin Pilot Sport AS+: 205/55/ZR16. I should have gone with my gut instincts, but for now I have to highly rely on the experienced dark sider's words of wisdom. Experience is a great teacher, thus I have respect for those that blaze the trail before me.

I ended up ordering a Kumho Ecsta SPT XPR: 195/55/16 as I wanted to see exactly what clearances I had with my wheel well. This will be the first time that I have changed my tires, so I wanted it to go somewhat smoothly. If all goes well I will modify my wheel well to accept the 205/55/16 tire width at my next rear tire change.

I ordered my tire from tirerack.com. I can clearly say that they have a great website (selection, reviews, and information) and customer service. They shipped my tire within 3 hours of my placing an order on the web. Thats fast service.

I also ordered my own manual tire changer. I was not able to find a local shop that would mount my CT on the MC rim.

I ordered centramatic balancers for both the front and rear wheels. I will let you know how the installation goes and what my opinions are about them as the miles rack up this year.

I ordered my valve stems from wingstuff.com. I didn't find a particular valve stem review that was head over heals above the rest. Any new input from others on this topic would be appreciated.

I have the Craftsman motor cycle lift. It is rock solid for holding up my Wing. I have a slight issue with the inital belly clearance (getting it underneath my wing), but for the price it is an issue I can easily work around.

Thanks to everyone for your time and help with my questions!
For once it feels good to be considered to be on the Dark Side!

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